FLOWERS OF THE GODS ~ Flor y Canto by Arquiste



Covered in blood sacrifice the god of the dawn drew back his bow and with eternal ease shot his arrow over the great city of Tenochtitlan. Thus by his grace the first rays of the sun once again touched the top of the temple Mayor. Snaking through the city were the aromas of the chocolate brew and maze tortillas which was the morning breakfast. Mothers up before light roused there husbands and children with laughter and songs.  It was a new day in the heart of the Aztec empire.


  Near the great causeway famers rowed their long boats along the canals to tend their floating flower gardens; they spoke of rumblings from the East.  Daily there is news of the approach of strange fair skinned men with four legs who came out of the Eastern Sea. Could they be gods?  Or are they demons come to eat alive the inhabitants of the city in the center of the lake?  What sacrifice would they demand, flowers or blood?

Such thoughts were forgotten when the farmers were met with the brilliant golden shimmer of the god of the dawn’s blessing upon the canal.  There hearts leapt to their throats as they always did at the first sight of the gardens overflowing with the blossoms of the gods. These were sacred flowers grown only for the Emperor and the temple of Xochipilli, the god of love, dance and flowers.

As the famers worked and sang well into the mid-day they were ignorant to idea that these were to be the last days of the flowers of Mexico, the last days of peace, the last days of their world. They only knew this morning the embrace of the thick intoxicating dream educing aromas of the flowers of Xochipilli.  How could anything ever change when the gods had blessed them for eternity?


Flor y Canto was created for Carlos Huber, the founder of Arquiste by the brilliant nose Rodrigo Flores-Roux. It was envisioned and created to capture a day in 1400 pre-Colombian Tenochtitlan of the most fragrant Aztec festival of the year. It is a resounding success for this floral is so very reminiscent of the gardens of Mexico I have visited in Guadalajara.

It is very linear and stays true to its opening all the way through. The eau de Parfume opens with a brightly romantic and lovely Mexican Tuberose. This is a soft and enveloping tuberose and not at all overwhelming. There is Frangipani of the Plumeria family to add a generous touch of the exotic. A fleshy rich Magnolia lends strength and presence to the mix and all is bordered by a very green note of golden marigold.


The splendors of this ancient garden are not epic but rather soft and close to the skin. This perfume draws one in close and like a furtive kiss brushes your cheek with the promise of more.

It lasts about four to five hours on my skin and then whispers of memories of that romantic tryst in garden last summer for about another two hours.  This is a scent perfect for meetings set outdoors on a warm evening with someone special. Made for a woman it can work on the right man. After all there was no goddess of flowers for the Aztecs, No he was a big sexy tuberose wearing God!



  1. What an absolutely lovely review! Both the lyrical descriptions and the visual feast… Bravo, cheri!!!! I loved it, but most of all, how your sense of humour peeked through at the end with the hilarious “No he was a big sexy tuberose wearing God!” ROFL!!!

    I’m getting my first Arquiste sample (Anima Dulcis) sometime this upcoming week and I can’t wait. I hear nothing but amazing things about the whole line. I ordered a sample of Anima Dulcis after another chap blogged a rave about it. Now, after your rave for Flor y Canto… well, I’m sold! Plus, I’m such a sucker for tuberose. I must say, the combination of frangipani with tuberose and magnolia gave me a moment’s pause; frangipani and tuberose weren’t so smashing on me when I tried Guerlain’s Mahora/Mayotte. But if a big, studly Aztec God in a loin cloth likes it, then… 😉

    And, one more time, because it really *must* be said: what an absolute visual feast this post was! A real joy to read in every way.

  2. Bad Ass Tuberose, indeed! Sounds like my cup of tea. But, how do you pronounce Xochipilli? I am saving your “Enchanted Forest” for my bedtime story – thank you Mr. Lanier!!!

    • She-chi-pilly I think! LOL. Hope you don’t get frightened in that forest tonight. xoxo

    • I left out the name of the god of the dawn which is …. Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli. I have no idea how to pronounce that one.

  3. Absolutely love it! Fantastic review of Flor y Canto. Would love to be swept off my feet by some Big Bad Ass Tuberose -Reeking God 🙂

    • That might be fun but all those feathers might tickle! I am glad you enjoyed the review!

  4. I just got in from shoveling snow so this floral review was a nice remedy for the cold.

    • Nothing like a little Mexican heat and flowers to melt the snow.

  5. As always, FANTASTIC post! The Aztec allusions were beyond…I felt like I was living, even breathing there. But, I usually do try to feel this way; to embody the Aztec spirit.

    Just wanted to say a fine Thank You for all the support over the year! I look forward to what the new year brings!

    All the best!



  6. Talking about Tuberose Bad Asses . . . the make-up dept at Barney’s in NY is an absolute garden of delights. I take all NY visitors there, rising above all feelings of hopeless inadequacy at my poor shape, form and dull maquillage. What’s a poor frangipani to do?

    • I LOVE the little Frangipani flower. The Tuberose may be a diva but the Frangipani has a lovely lovely voice too.

  7. Aztec ritual and architecture rendered in prose worthy of the King James Bible. A monumental critique from the Book of Lanier.

    I’m looking to extend my flower palette, and it would seem that this burly god, brandishing his immense tuberose surrounded by a forest floor of little frangipani curls may be the way forward.

    • And the lord of the Dawn said to the supplicant, “So is is said so shall it be done!”

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